Personal Injury Lawyers
A personal injury lawyer represents victims injured by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing. Whether injured physically or psychologically, retaining a personal injury attorney is vital to receive fair compensation for your recovery.
A lawyer who handles personal injury claims has the knowledge and experience it takes to determine the validity of your injury case, conduct ongoing settlement negotiations, communicate terms with relevant parties, and carry out all other legal matters in and out of the courtroom.
Accidents happen every day in Jonesboro, Arkansas. If someone else’s negligence caused your injuries, contact NST Law today for a free consultation to learn how we can fight for and protect your legal rights.
Table Of Contents
- What types of personal injury cases do we handle at NST Law?
- How common are personal injury accidents in Jonesboro?
- How will Arkansas’ negligence laws affect your personal injury claim?
- How can you prove that someone else’s negligence caused your injuries?
- How Much Is Your Claim Worth?
- Is there a cap on the amount of damages you can receive?
- Why should you hire NST Law to represent you in your Jonesboro personal injury case?
What types of personal injury cases do we handle at NST Law?
Personal injury cases involve the concept of negligence, which describes a breach of reasonable behavior that results in injuries or damages to another. For example, a driver exceeding the legal alcohol consumption limit to operate a vehicle who injures another motorist in a traffic accident acted negligently and is liable to compensate the injured party for their resulting damages.
Examples of personal injury cases include:
Social Security Disability
Benefits dispensed to people who cannot work due to a medically determinable disability
Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse
Negligent or harmful actions by nursing home care staff that results in injury to a resident
In the above situations, injured victims may benefit from retaining personal injury attorneys to advocate for and protect their legal rights to compensation. Insurance companies are more likely to take your claim seriously and offer you fair compensation for your injuries and damages immediately after an accident if they’re aware you hired representation to handle your claim.
Even seemingly minor errors, including written statements with ineffective wording, can diminish the probability of recovering a larger settlement. So, the sooner you retain counsel for your personal injury case, the better your likelihood for a satisfactory outcome.
Additionally, following an injury, other people, including family, may be unable to advocate and negotiate your case with the relevant parties for a settlement. A personal injury lawyer can help with all legal matters, including drafting settlement letters to insurance companies and issuing subpoenas for witness testimony. These seemingly simple tasks require knowledge of applicable laws and experience working within various procedural parameters.
At NST Law, we have personal injury attorneys who’ve dedicated their entire careers to perfecting their legal skills on this subject matter, and we’re happy to help fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.
How common are personal injury accidents in Jonesboro?
The most recent report per the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration cited 505 traffic fatalities in Arkansas, nearly an 8% increase from five years ago when six traffic fatalities occurred directly in Jonesboro.
In Jonesboro in 2020, a negligent driver exceeding the legal drinking and driving limit swerved over the highway’s centerline, fatally striking a motorist. Another accident in Jonesboro, also occurring in 2020, involved a negligent vehicular homicide, where a driver ran a red light and subsequently killed a motorist.
How will Arkansas’ negligence laws affect your personal injury claim?
You can find Arkansas’ negligence laws stipulated at §16-64-122. Per Arkansas law, damages awarded to a plaintiff are in proportion to their injuries. Arkansas is a “modified comparative negligence state,” meaning civil courts prohibit accident victims from recovering compensation for their injuries or damages if they’re at least 50% at fault. You should always consult with an attorney who can properly evaluate your case to determine if you have a valid claim for compensation.
Additionally, plaintiffs must satisfy the following five criteria to show negligence:
- The defendant owed a duty of care not to cause harm: For example, an automobile driver owes another motorist a duty to follow traffic laws and adhere to reasonable behavior on the roadways to avoid accidents resulting in harm to others.
- The defendant breached said duty: Using the above example, a driver breaches their duty to others if they decide to run a red light and strike another vehicle or a pedestrian crossing the road.
- The breach caused injury to the plaintiff (in the absence of the cause, the injury would not have occurred): Again, using the above example, the other driver or the pedestrian would not have suffered injuries or damages if the motorist stopped at the red light as required by law.
- The defendant (the party who breached their duty to another) should’ve reasonably inferred that said acts or omissions were likely to cause injuries: The driver running the red light can foresee the potential consequences of breaking traffic laws and is reasonably aware that such laws exist to keep people safe on the roadways.
- Plaintiff (the injured party) suffered actual damages: You can prove damages by showing medical bills, lost wages, physician records, etc.
Arkansas is an “at fault” state, meaning the individual that causes an injury (defendant) is responsible for paying damages to the injured party (plaintiff). Additionally, the court can reduce the total compensation recoverable by the prevailing party based on their percentage of fault. For example, if the court awards $100,000, but the prevailing party is 40% at fault for the accident, they can receive only 60% of the $100,000, or $60,000, equating to a 40% or $40,000 reduction of the awarded compensation.
Regardless of your assumed contribution to an accident, it’s important to speak with a personal injury attorney who can properly assess your case and any comparative liability that might exist before admitting fault of any kind.
How can you prove that someone else’s negligence caused your injuries?
Proving negligence requires evidence to establish your claim. Necessary evidence can vary depending on the type of injury claim and the facts of each case, but generally, you might collect the following information to support your demand for compensation:
- Photographs of the accident scene (e.g., the location of a car accident, a broken handrail, etc.)
- Photographs of damaged property (e.g., a dented car, holes in walls, tire marks through your lawn, a smashed window, etc.)
- Photographs of injuries (e.g., bruising or lacerations, broken bones, burns, scarring or disfigurement, etc.)
- Medical records, including doctor’s notes and treatment plans
- Medical bills, including paid and unpaid invoices, prescription costs, and rehabilitation or therapy expenses
- Proof of lost wages from time off work due to recovery
- Proof of future loss of income due to temporary or permanent disability
- Video footage from street cameras or witnesses
- Product labels or warnings
- Physician, surgeon, staff, or other professional’s credentials or disciplinary records
- Driving records
- Background checks
- Statements from people at the scene of the accident or family members to vouch for your pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment in activities you previously found fulfilling
- Expert testimony concerning the cause and extent of your injuries
A personal injury lawyer can help you gather the evidence needed to support your claim after identifying the negligent parties to determine who’s responsible for paying damages. Your lawyer can also help you effectively describe and document your injuries for the judge or jury, understanding what works from past cases, such as what a court finds convincing and credible to prove someone negligently harmed you.
At NST Law, our legal team knows how to build a strong evidentiary record of the circumstances surrounding your accident. In addition, our personal injury law firm has experience with defendants’ common tactics or defense claims used to minimize compensation to the injured party. As a result, your personal injury attorney can accurately assess the expected payout based on your injuries and damages, guide you through settlement proceedings, and negotiate on your behalf with insurance companies and other relevant parties.
How Much Is Your Claim Worth?
A variety of factors specific to your case can influence the worth of your claim, including:
- The nature and extent of the liable party’s negligence or wrongdoing
- The nature and extent of your injuries
- If you have witnesses and their credibility
- Documentation available to support your claim and witness testimony
- Whether the other party admits or denies guilt
- Your share of potential liability
- How soon you sought treatment for your injuries and how well you’re following the doctor’s instructions
- The nature and extent of any pre-existing conditions
- If you’ve followed all procedural requirements to bring your claim, including deadlines
Our personal injury lawyers at NST Law can review the facts of your case and determine the best next steps to take, what evidence to gather, and how to best protect your legal interests to maximize your compensation and get you the most agreeable outcome.
Is there a cap on the amount of damages you can receive?
No; Article 5, Section 32 of the Arkansas Constitution prohibits any limit on the amount recovered for injuries.
Why should you hire NST Law to represent you in your Jonesboro personal injury case?
At NST Law, we fight on behalf of our clients with compassion and determination and aim to be a vigorous and honest advocate for you. We’re transparent about our processes, and we will never pursue a case we don’t believe has merit. If we choose to partner with you on your personal injury lawsuit, we think we can get you fair compensation.
We will always keep you informed of your case’s progress and what we feel is in your best interests, such as when you should settle. We will offer our legal advice liberally and regularly, but ultimately, you have the right to be involved in your case.
If someone else’s negligence caused your injuries, you should discuss your case with a local personal injury lawyer in Jonesboro. Contact NST Law today for a free case evaluation to help you decide your next best course of action.